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Welcome to the PROTECT Study

    • The CDC RECOVER Study is recruiting unvaccinated children aged 6 months to 17 years and recently vaccinated (<14 days) children aged 12 to 17 years.
    • The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT required.
    • The duration is 30 weeks (or 7.5 months).
    • A total of 100 children will be recruited (with the majority from our parent study, RECOVER).
    • Participants will be sent brief monthly and quarterly surveys.
    • Participants are required to provide weekly nasal swabs.
        • For children 6 months to 11 years, parents/guardians will collect an anterior nares (outer portion of the nose) nasal swabs.
        • For children 12-17, the participant will self-collect, or a parent/guardian will collect a mid-turbinate (middle portion of the nose) nasal swab.
    • Participants will be asked to provide at least one blood specimen (S1) at enrollment.
        • Participants may provide additional blood specimen:
            • Post COVID-19 vaccine (both or single doses).
            • If they test positive for COVID-19.
            • If they receive the influenza vaccine.
        • Blood specimens are not required.
    • Couriers will come pick up nasal swab samples from the participant’s home or workplace. If participant do not want couriers at their home or workplace, they have the option to self-ship the nasal sample via a specified FedEx drop box.
    • Participants will be compensated for taking part in the study.
    • Questions? Please contact our google number, (801) 820-0120 or our email at
    • If interested, please sign your child up at: PROTECT Study Registration

*University of Utah employee gift card compensation is required to be reported to payroll accounting as taxable W-2 earning:

University Procedure P3-100D: Gift Card Purchases and Requirements.

Guideline G3-010A: Payments to Human Research Participants